First of all, I am glad to be back. I am catching up at work and will get to posting about the Cats weekend as well as the happenings around the Pac-10. For now, here is the weekly Pac-10 Roundtable.
1. How is Monday, February 16, 2009 different from all other days? On all other days, we eat bread or matzah. Today, we don't have to go to work! On all other nights, we eat all kinds of vegetables. Today, we get great deals on automobiles! On all other nights, we do not dip our vegetables even once. Today, we wish Lincoln a Happy 200th and Washington a Happy somethingorother! On all other nights, we eat our meals sitting or reclining. BUT TODAY WE DON'T HAVE TO GO TO WORK! Unfortunately for them, I bet you that your team's basketball coach violated the great spirit of President's Day and went to work. Except for Ernie Kent, since they apparently cancelled basketball in Oregon. For your team's b-ball coach, what was his most pressing issue to focus on while we were celebrating President's Day.
I take offense to this question. I am at work and wish I wasn't. With that being said, our coach's most pressing issue this Monday is trying to wipe that s*&% eating grin off of his face after winning 7 in a row. Secondly, he needs to get the team prepared for Arizona State and finish off the season on a high note. We are not a lock for the tournament, and need to play with the same intensity we have displayed over the last 7 games. The Cats get 7 days off before Arizona State on Sunday, February 22.
2. Which basketball player from your team would you choose to be on your Party Yacht? Why?
If I had to choose one Wildcat from our team to be on the boat it would definitely be Jordan Hill. He's got that facial hair thing going on and I bet he could bring a crew along with him. "I'm on a boat mo fo don't you ever forget."
3. Lots of "minor violations" going on in College Football these days. The Pac-10 isn't immune to this issue as both Paul Wulff and Steve Sarkisian have gotten caught up in the madness. Is this just a case of stretching the rules? Is it believable for a head coach of a D1 program to be "in the dark" when it comes to the rules? More importantly than all that, do these recruiting violations even matter?
I think that the recruiting violations are there for a reason, however; I don't think that they matter in the long run. Do recruits give a crap about these teams committing these violations? I think not. In fact, I think some recruits probably think it's a cool thing for a team to be edgy and trying to get guys to their program. I mean, we have speed limits to protect the "greater good" and the "general public" but just because I get a speeding ticket in Yuma in 1999 doesn't mean that I am going to pay it. Slap me on the wrist mo fo, but you're not going to deter me from speeding in the next county.
4. If you look at the standings as we sit today...the potential first round matchups in the Pac-10 Tournament are: Washington vs. Oregon State/Stanford, ASU vs.WSU/Oregon, UCLA/Arizona and California/USC. Play out these games and tell us who wins the automatic bid.
Washington beats Oregon State.
ASU beats Washington State.
Arizona beats UCLA
USC beats Cal
Arizona beats Washington
USC beats ASU
Arizona beats USC.
No one is hotter than we are. No one.